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Entering Into a Contract of Employment

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Date Published: 23 March 2020
Authors: Pradeep Kumar Singh, Bill JamiesonWong Pei-Ling and Marvin Chua.

All employers are required to issue key employment terms (“KETs”)[1] in writing to all employees who:

  • are covered by the EA; and
  • are employed for a continuous period of 14 days or more.

The KETs were introduced to allow employees to better understand how their salary is calculated, their employment terms and benefits. The KETs also help employers prevent misunderstandings and minimise disputes at the workplace.
KETs[2] must include the items below, unless the item is not applicable:

Failure to comply with the EA requirements for KETs would be a civil contravention, attracting administrative penalties[3] of a fine of S$100 to S$200 for the first occurrence, and S$200 to S$400 for subsequent occurrences, depending on the breach, and/or directions from MOM to rectify the civil contravention. A failure to comply with such directions  will constitute a criminal offence, which attracts more severe penalties of fines up to S$5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.

Please note that this section of the Employment Law Guide is a summary provided for general information purposes, aimed at aiding understanding of Singapore’s employment law as at the date of writing. It is not exhaustive or comprehensive and reading this memorandum is not a substitute for reading the text of the various statutes to fully understand the extent of the obligations owed. This guide should also not be relied upon as legal advice.

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This article is provided to you for general information and should not be relied upon as legal advice. The editor and the contributing authors do not guarantee the accuracy of the contents and expressly disclaim any and all liability to any person in respect of the consequences of anything done or permitted to be done or omitted to be done wholly or partly in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents.

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